Tom Tom Magazine's OFFICIAL Northside Festival Showcase!

Aye Nako is a 4-piece collaboration made up of Mars Dixon, Angie Boylan, Jade Payne, and Joe McCann dedicated to untangling histories of abuse, race, trauma, family, love, gender, and a misrepresentation of identity. Also a dissonant and melodic punk band carving out a space to co-exist in the fold between music, art, and politics while trying not to be priced out of New York City. Formed in Brooklyn, NY during the summer of 2010, Aye Nako has performed at basements, clubs, museums, and schools all over the country. As an update to the sound heard on Unleash Yourself, their first, self-released album, they've self recorded a new EP titled "The Blackest Eye".

Named after Toni Morrison's 1st novel, "The Bluest Eye", The album lyrically takes on the similar themes of cultural conceptions of beauty and worth and the devastating long term effects it can have on those who do not fit those conceptions. The songs narrate through singer/songwriter Mars\'s experiences with physical abuse, family, anti-blackness and racial self-acceptance while growing up in the southern united states. Musically it all comes together through dual guitar leads, precise drums, fuzzed out bass, and an underlying appreciation for the darker side of pop sensibility.

Electronica trio Tomboi braid a pulsing synth with candy guitar licks to force your surrender to the groove. Emotive lyrics swim the effervescent pop stream, furthering the group's progressive roots. Stirring wails pick up an urgent gait, gleaming with a wink all the while. These women know how to make you dance.

Members Alex E. (vocal, sequencing, beats), Paige McMullen (guitar) and Summer Wood (drums) first came together through mutual friends, cementing a deeper bond through music and youth advocacy efforts with local non profits, JASMYN and Girls Rock Jacksonville. They dropped their debut release, Queer Tears EP, March 2014. Since then they have shared bills with outfits such as Moon Hooch, La Femme, Black Kids and more.

"Lobos," the group's latest single, is poised to drop January 2015.

"Tomboi are achieving things most bands don't get to until their second or third year, if ever. They've played SXSW and rocked New Orleans. They've crisscrossed our state and, though they're young, they have goals and they're determined to achieve them ... they are intellectuals with well-formed opinions on gender neutrality, dealing with sexism and the advancement of tolerance. ... They can be Morrissey and Patti Smith and The Monkees at the same time."
- Danny Kelly, Folio Weekly

Skating Polly

"Some music gets it. Some music doesn't get it. This gets it. This is fucking fantastic. I don't give a shit about their age. Either music gets it or it doesn't. And this gets it." – famed music critic Everett True, after hearing Skating Polly for the first time, April 2015.

While still in middle school, Skating Polly recorded an album in their living room and called it, "Taking Over the World." Today, it seems like they could actually do that. The band's latest effort, The Big Fit, is their most fully realized collection of head-bopping, not quite sugar-sweet pop music infused with visceral,
distortion-drenched punk sounds. It's raw, infectious, and inciting. It's real.

It's been six years since those original living room recordings, and the band has released three more albums, toured extensively in both the U.S. and the U.K. (with their idols, Babes in Toyland), and turned many of their heroes into vocal fans. They're even the subject of an upcoming documentary directed by Henry Mortensen (son of Viggo Mortensen and Exene Cervenka). What's the fuss about? Mayo sums it up:
"I think people can tell we're pretty authentic. People can tell when songs don't mean it, no matter what the song's about. We try to be ourselves…and to make everything catchy." Produced by Kliph Scurlock (Gruff Rhys, The Flaming Lips), The Big Fit was released March 25, 2016 (April 8, 2016 – UK release), through Chap Stereo via Burnside Distribution.

Pretty Sick

Kat Kunning

Sandunes is the full time electronic music project of Sanaya Ardeshir-- Mumbai based producer, composer & synth player. From early influences in jazz and blues, to a defining stint with London underground sounds, her music blends various organic and electronic elements into a hybrid zone that lies somewhere between electronica, garage and post dubstep-- tying in with a unique south asian feel.

Easier described outside the genre-box, Sandunes' live set, incorporating a range of controllers and instruments has been performed in cities across India and in Sri Lanka and Germany.

Blending electronic elements and synthesizers with fuzzy guitars and haunting vocal melodies, NEW MYTHS create a sound that catches you and keeps you. A Brooklyn/NYC-based power trio with a new wave/rock sensibility, NEW MYTHS is the collaboration of Rosie Slater (drums/vocals), Marina Ross (bass/vocals) and Brit Boras (guitar/lead vocals).

The trio set out to write music that they loved, and started out by combining elements of bands that influenced them such as Blondie, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nirvana, Garbage, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Joy Divison. "NEW MYTHS manage to bring on the rawness of a power-trio 90's Muffs with the smoothness of a glammed-out 80's Blondie." - Pancakes & Whiskey

Since releasing their self-titled EP in 2012, their song "False Gold" was featured by Lou Reed on his XM radio station as well as in surf company REEF's spring ad campaign. In 2014, both The New York Times and The Gaurdian wrote up NEW MYTHS as top performers at CMJ Music Festival. Building a following with a powerful live show and a uniquely dark and dance-able sound, NEW MYTHS released their debut album "Give Me Noise" October 2014 via their own imprint Taming Ghosts.

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show. A group talk about music and accessibility with guests speakers from
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